Surgical technologists handle instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure and work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel to deliver patient care before, during and after surgery. The major combines classroom instruction, laboratory practice, and clinical experience to ensure that each graduate meets entry-level competencies as a Surgical Technologist. The instructional Surgical Technologist content, which is 1185 hours of classroom and clinical instruction, is based on an occupational analysis of the Surgical Technologist field, and is adjusted to reflect local employment. Local employment needs as determined by the instructor, administrators, and advisory committee are also considered. Upon successful completion of Surgical Technologist, the graduate will be eligible to sit for the National Surgical Technologist Examination. Surgical Technologist closely follows the guidelines of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA) and the Commission Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This class only accepts 16 students.
"What I enjoy most about teaching at Great Plains is seeing my students succeed in becoming a integral part of the operating room team. I feel that my students success is also my success."
Ann Tahah, Program Director
"What I enjoy most about teaching at Great Plains is watching students begin the program in August with little to no surgical experience and watching them blossom into productive and indispensable members of the surgical team. It is both a privilege and an honor to have the opportunity to help these students in the growth of their professional lives."
Clayton Putney, Instructor
Important Surgical Technology Links
Association of Surgical Technologist (AST) http://www.ast.org
The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) http://nbstsa.org
Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) http://www.arcstsa.org
Commission Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) http://www.caahep.com
Oklahoma Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) http://www.okhosa.org
Surgical Technologist Program Director
Surgical Technologist Instructor